An acquaintance of mine just started his own blog, and his first post went on about a writing exercise he did in college and that he's going to do for his blog -- and that's just sit and write for five minutes, just write, anything -- then spend five minutes revising and editing, and then publishing. I'll link it here, but be warned however that while this particular page is "safe", the rest of his blog does have adult content: raincityjack.tumblr.com/post/980405023/b
However, I did find an ancillary creative project that will I think enhance my writing. I've always loved taking photographs, and I think I manage to take a few pretty good ones on my road trips. My new I-phone 4 has an application called "Hipstimatic" that I downloaded, and it takes the phone's very high quality camera and turns it into a 21st century digital version of the old Kodak Instamatic camera. It's very cool, and the pictures are very evocative of a bygone era. I think they'd be perfect for illustrating some if not all of my road trips. I love how they make things look like they've been in an old family photo album for years, including the ice cream picture above.
There's a combination of 6 different films and 7 different lenses that somehow creates the effect of these photos, all of which were taken in the last couple of weeks since I got the phone. I only wish that I could find a way to transform a lot of the pics I took on the Route 66 trip, but alas, this only apparently works with new pictures, and I'm not creative or patient enough to figure out how to do this -- if it's even possible -- with something like Adobe Photoshop. My good friend and fellow LJ buddy Chris ironchefpinoy is a very talented photographer and graphic designer who teaches his craft in San Diego area colleges is very encouraging, both of my writing, and of the photographs. He's offered some great advice on the "Hipstamatic" project as I call it, saying it looks like it's "made for this project".
It was Tony who first turned me on to this program -- thanks! He knows what I like still.
Here's the link to my Facebook album with more Hipstamatic prints -- you can see the same subject with various lenses and films, though no where near the total combination of possibilities (there's 42). One of my first projects will be to do a single subject with all 7 lenses and 6 films to be able to make a comparison of each. www.facebook.com/album.php Let me know what you think.